In 1971, Jim Klee joined the faculty of the newly-forming Humanistic Psychology program at the University of West Georgia. Owning greatly to his largesse d’esprit, the program burgeoned to its current prominence as a principal center for studies and research in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology. Jim was named Professor of Psychology Emeritus upon his retirement from the University of West Georgia in 1987. Due to his contributions, the Psychology Department annually hosts the Jim Klee Forum Lecture.  It is presented by a current researcher in the field of psychology doing cutting-edge work.


About Jim Klee

Jim Klee earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology at the University of Michigan. Much of his academic career was spent at Brandeis University and at the University of West Georgia. At Brandeis, he joined Abraham Maslow in establishing the first humanistic psychology program in the nation. There he also became colleagues with and influenced George Kelly and Ulric Neisser, two founders of the cognitive psychology movement.

Yet cognition was far too narrow and rigidly cast a vision for Klee himself. His great-plains-sized thinking simultaneously grounded humanistic psychology in existential-phenomenology while also stretching it to its own “outer reaches” in transpersonal psychology in its historical-temporal religious dimension. Jim typically explored the territory between categories. He navigated his sail ship of vision along the boundaries of words, concepts, and spheres of inquiry, between existing thoughts and disciplines, in a quest for openings to oceans of potential insight. His published collection, Points of departure: Aspects of the Tao, and his papers include such titles as “The Absolute and the Relative”, “India’s Mysterious Unity” and “Omniscience, Time and Suchness”. In the interstices, in the “in between”, he found a consciousness-expanding nexus of dimensionality and unity that reveals points of continuity among seemingly unrelated understandings offered by such persons as Satre, Spence, Bergson, Skinner, Aristotle, Plato, Lao Tze, and the Hindu Mystics. 

For Jim, the continuity was recognized in the discontinuity, the paradoxical, the ironic, and the symbolic. He died in 1996.

 You can view some of Jim Klee's work at his Essays and Lectures Page.


Previous Presenters

Michelle Fine - 2019

Sunil Bhatia - 2018

Lorraine Radtke and Hank Stam - 2017

Scott Churchill and Nadine Kaslow - 2016

Ian Parker - 2015

Brinton Lykes - 2014

Elisa Valazsquez-Andrade - 2013

Edward Tick - 2012

Fred Wertz - 2011


 Ralph Roddenbery - 2010

Peter Russell - 2007

Ralph Metzner - 2006

Charles Tart - 2005

Tom Harris - 2004

Kirk Schneider - 2003

Colin Wilson - 2002

Mike Arons - 2001

Richard Katz - 1999


Michael & Lisa Wallach - 1998

Stan Krippner - 1997

Robert Romanyshyn - 1996

Roger Walsh - 1995

Clark Moustakas - 1994

David Miller - 1993

Jean Houston - 1992

Stanislav Groff - 1991

Huston Smith -1991

The Jim Klee Forum Fund

The Jim Klee Forum Fund was established upon James B. Klee’s retirement from the Psychology Department at the University of West Georgia in 1987 as a token expression of appreciation for Jim’s monumental contributions to the personal and professional development of students and colleagues over a period of nearly two decades.  The initial request for contributions was made to the faculty and alumni of the Psychology Department. 

In accordance with Jim Klee’s wishes, proceeds from that fund have been assigned to the establishment of the Jim Klee Forum.  Annually it brings a speaker of national or international renown to the university.  Each forum features a major address by an invited speaker, along with dialogue among the speaker, discussants, and audience.

Funding for this forum series depends on contributions to the Jim Klee Forum Fund. These contributions are tax deductible and should be directed to:
University of West Georgia Foundation, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA 30118